I do love the way Krakauer writes. Somewhere on the Internet I heard someone say that his work reads more like long form journalism than regular non-fiction and I would agree with that. This book more so than his others because it's a personal account.
One thing I really like about Krakauer is that his works don't get bogged down with technical details. I find that sometimes those drawn out portions of non-fiction can be a bit alienating. However as an amateur mountaineer, it was the first time I had really been craving those details. I wanted to hear more about the camps, rope systems and weather patterns. Though that's just a personal wish, I can understand how others would be bored by that. Hearing him call Mt Rainier a demure mountain (or something like that) was a bit devastating, having recently fought my way to the top.
The performance was fine. I always find jumps between regional accents a little startling. Will definitely watch the movie in September!
Great narration. Get like I was there with the team. Incredible true story that shows the reality of climbing to the earth's summit. Sad story too but grateful to Jon for sharing the events from his perspective.
this comes across as a much better read than climbers who write books, this is an author who happens to climb. as such, it makes for a much better story. good lessons here in hubris and the compounding effect of (seemingly) insignificant actions.
I thought this was told very well and honestly. You can definitely see his effort to tell the story accurately, to own his own feelings and thoughts and to be respectful while being candid. I could hardly turn it off when I had to.
So many times you start reading a book and you don't want anyone to tell you the ending. Even though we are all familiar with the ending, it is still such a touching and realistic account of the 1996 Everest incident. Definitely worth the listen and this will be a book I purchase in physical form to read again and again. Thank you Jon Krakauer for your bravery in retelling the story.